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1821P William IV Pipeback British Light Cavalry Officer's Sword, Sold

A good William 4th British pipeback light cavalry officer's sword / sabre, with scabbard.

1821P William IV Pipeback British Light Cavalry Officer's Sword

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A scarce sword, an early version of the famous British 1821 pattern with wide flared bars to the guard (later versions had less gap between the bars to afford greater hand protection) and a beautiful pipeback blade with clipped point. Simple Georgian tablet style etching shows the royal cypher of King George 4th (reigned 1830 to 1837).

The 34 1/2 inch blade is in very good order, though the etching is not as clear as it once was. Firm in the hilt with no apparent rust spots or pitting, a small amount of patina. The point having been sharpened at one stage. The hilt in good order with a pleasing dark brown patina. The grip has lost some of its fishskin and which is worn in other places commensurate with the age of this sword. The twisted grip wire bindings are all present and correct. The steel scabbard in good order, patinated of course and with a few minor dents / dings here and there. The sword sheathes loosely so the original wooden scabbard liners have gone as to be expected.

A great example at a good price. Further / full sized pictures available upon request. Sword reference number 716 (285).

 

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